School News – April 17

Jennings high school team Boiler Tech champs

Jennings County High School defeated competitors from 11 area high schools to win the 2017 Boiler Tech Challenge, “Pirates of Purdue Polytechnic,” April 7 at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus.

The event features engineering and technology challenges. Teams competed in five challenges, and points were awarded for performance. Previous winners include Columbus East and Columbus North high schools.

Members of the winning Jennings County team are: Tylor Bennett, Sean Bower, Dalton Ferguson, Cole Day, Brian Galliher, Nathan Gootee, Dalton Grills, Shelby Hacker, Kaila Harmon, Leah Harrimon, Kolten Hauesperger, Aaron Martin, Liz Maschino, Weston Miller, Cameron Moore, Josh Rayburn, Duncan Rowda, Wyatt St. John, Tyler Vogel and Brooks Wathen.

Robotics team moving on to world event

A Columbus-based high school robotics team, called GalacTech, has qualified to participate in the FIRST world championship April 26 to 29 in St. Louis.

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on getting students involved and inspired in science and similar fields.

The team is one of 14 from Indiana to qualify. GalacTech had the 11th-best finish at the FIRST state championship April 7 and 8.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.